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Mason is located in central Ingham County and functions as the county seat. This city has retained its traditional look with its stately courthouse gracing the public square, surrounded by well-preserved turn-of-the-century buildings. Located only 10 miles southeast of Lansing, Masonís economy is supported by its connection to the state capital, as well as significant local business, including metal fabrication, auto parts manufacturing, pharmaceutical research and packaging products production. |
Mason was settled back in 1836 by Lewis Lacey, who built a sawmill here for the Charles Noble & Company out of Monroe, Michigan. A year later, an executive from the company, Ephraim B. Danforth, moved here and became the first postmaster of the town then known as Mason Center - named after Michiganís governor, Stevens T. Mason. It became the county seat in 1840, with the name changing to Mason in 1842. It eventually was incorporated as a village in 1865 and then as a city a decade later.
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